Hughes Incident

Incident Name: Hughes Incident
Incident Time: 9:32:00 p.m.
Incident Date: 8-8-2018
Incident Type: Structure Fire

Engines 63, 55; Truck 41;  Battalion 6; Safety Officer; PIO 

Bakersfield City Engines 6,8; Truck 7

Cause: Combustibles stored too close to water heater
Injuries:  None
Structure Value Saved: $200,000
Structure Value Lost: $90,000
Total Personnel: 21

Bakersfield, CA

The Kern County Fire Department received calls for a structure fire in the 200 block of Hughes Avenue in Bakersfield, CA. With the nearest station working a fire in the Kern Riverbed, second in stations were moved up to cover and responded within 5 minutes of being dispatched. First arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from one unit of a two-story duplex. With unknown location of occupants, firefighters made an aggressive interior attack while searching for possible victims. In minutes the duplex was searched and an "all clear" was given for both stories. Due to quick and decisive actions, as well as, a coordinated attack crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent unit. Late it became known that occupants were able to escape the residence prior to the Fire Department's arrival. Three people were displaced by the fire and Red Cross responded to aid their recovery. The cause of the fire was determined to be from the storage of combustibles too close to the water heater. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents, though two dogs perished in the fire. 

The Kern County Fire Department reminds our customers that working smoke detectors are essential to the safety of you and your family.

Assisting Agencies:  Kern County Building Department, PG&E Electric, Southern California Gas Company 








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